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Matthew Bielawa
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  • Stratford, CT
  • United States
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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Bielawa, Makarowski / Makarowsky / Makarovsky, Gieza, Gulka, Drabczak, Kocan, Yawny / Jawny / Javny, Szczygiel, Tatara
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
Poland (Domaniów/Domaniow, Oława, Biskupice Olawskie, Kurznie, Miloslaw, Winna Gora, Madre, Cieklin, Lipniki, Pagorek, Manasterz, Zolynia). Ukraine (Bilyi Kamin / Biały Kamień / Bialy Kamien / Білий Камінь, Czeremosznia / Cheremoshnya / Черемошня, Ushnya / Usznia / Ушня, Zolochiv /Złoczów / Zloczow / Золочів, Shchyrets / Szczerzec / Щирець, Horodyslavychi / Horodyslawice / Городиславичі). Amsterdam, NY; Schenectady, NY
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Professional Genealogist
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
Poland, Ukraine, Galicia / Halychyna.
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
As a student of Eastern European history, I enjoyed touring different parts of the former Soviet Union. While sightseeing in Ukraine, I drove out to an ancestral village. It happened to be a religious holiday and church services had just ended as I pulled up. I jumped out of the car and started talking to folks and asking about last names. Well, I recognized most of the names as either family or "friends of the family". I guess you could say my research started that afternoon with lots of vodka toasts!
Do you have a genealogy website or blog?
http://www.halgal.com

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